McGinn – UK must stay in Customs Union and Single Market to prevent an Irish hard border

Ireland is seeking guarantees that Brexit will not lead to the imposition of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, a leaked European Commission paper shows today.

Commenting, Conor McGinn MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“There is still a complete lack of clarity from the Government about how it proposes to maintain the ‘frictionless border’ on the island of Ireland it claims to want.

“It is increasingly clear that Theresa May’s decision to leave the Customs Union will inevitably create new barriers at the border, damaging trade, livelihoods and communities and undermining the hard won gains of the peace process.

“The only way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, or a new one between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, is for the British Government to change course and negotiate to keep the whole of the UK in the Customs Union and the Single Market for the long term.”

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Notes to editors:

This story is reported here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/dublin-demands-that-uk-remain-in-customs-union-after-brexit-8vvwfp50p